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Polistes, but which one? - Polistes dorsalis - female

Polistes, but which one? - Polistes dorsalis - Female
Archbold Biological Station - Lake Placid, Highlands County, Florida, USA
August 23, 2009
Size: 15mm-20mm roughly
I know it is Polistes, which is way more than I would have known before joining BugGuide. There are at least two possible choices for species, though and I know I don't know that much yet.

Moved from Polistes.

Moved from Paper Wasps.

Thank you
Ken and Vespus, I will move it to genus.

Nice shot. The coloration does not look right for bellicosus or anything other than fuscatus or dorsalis. They both look equally correct to me.

Perhaps Dr. Matthias Buck could tell for sure, but it is safe to move to Genus level in the meantime.

Thought about taking a guess,
but chickened out (don't need that kind of humiliation).

Can tell you that it's a female, though. :)

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